with Instructor

Christyn Rittenhouse

"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."

- Wisdom of Confucius

They say the grass is always greener on the other side, but if you ask me, the grass is pretty green

over here. It looks similar over there, but I like right where I am. It’s beautiful. Peaceful.  

                           Barefoot massage... where deep meets decadent 

Fijian Massage is a unique technique in which the therapist uses his/her bare feet versus hands to do the work while their client relaxes on a heated floor mat. Using gravity, leverage, and body weight the broad surface of the therapist’s foot (or feet) can deliver the deepest of pressure and amazing tissue engagement causing quick endorphin release for a wonderfully relaxing effect. Because of the size of the tool being used (the foot) therapists are able to access more muscles at the same time enabling them to deliver depth like no other massage with relatively low effort on the therapist’s part. 

You will be amazed how perfectly your foot will form with your client’s body. And often even half way through the massage clients ask if feet are being used, as the feet feel as familiar as hands with far more pressure and covering a larger area. No walking on clients is involved – two footed techniques are done only when sitting. Other than floor mats (of which there are many options, including regular pillows) no special equipment is needed. 

Brought back from the island of Kadavu, Fiji by Lolita Knight, Fijian (barefoot) Massage is one of the deepest, yet most nourishing treatments available. Fijian Massage has been handed down for generations. Modifications have been made to make it more comfortable and palatable to Westerners (traditional Fijian massage is typically done while the reciever just simply lies on the ground rather than comfortable heated mats). 

Is it really from Fiji?

Yes, its roots come from Fiji. An American, Lolita Knight - the founder of Fijian Massage, came upon this while living between New Zealand and Fiji for close to 20 years. Fiji is comprised of over 400 islands and each island has some form of massage – some with their feet and some with their hands. Lolita learned this from a local doctor in the remote village of Kadavu. Techniques are handed down generation to generation, often being learned as children and given for free to help each other maintain their health.  Fijian’s life style is very labor intensive: walking 5-10 miles a day, climbing coconut trees, swimming/fishing…with no social welfare, maintaining optimal physical health is imperative for survival. When villagers receive massage they lay on the ground or on thin woven mats and it is given in a quick vigorous and often painful way. Lolita has adapted this massage for a more western palate while still utilizing the basic techniques.